Joanne Strong MSc MBACP
Counselling can provide you with the space to explore and understand yourself at times when you need a supportive environment in which to work through whatever is happening in your life. Therapy can help you to develop new skills and strategies to help you cope and thrive.
I am an experienced and accredited counsellor and psychotherapist. I will help you to explore what is happening for you, and support you in finding ways to move forward. Counselling can help you to understand yourself, find new ways to cope, and enhance your relationships with others and with yourself. My training is Integrative which means I draw from a number of approaches, to meet and assist each individual I work with in the most suitable way. This might include:
- Exploring your current challenges, relationships, thoughts, feelings and emotions to gain new insight and perspectives
- Understanding and working with difficult feelings such as anxiety and depression
- Exploring past experiences, to understand how the past is holding you back
- Discovering habitual patterns: being able to 'step back' and see what loops and patterns you might be caught in. Awareness brings choice and the possibility of doing things differently, finding a way out of destructive or limiting patterns
- Reflecting on life experiences and finding personal meaning to help you move on and enter into life in a deeper, more satisfying way.
For me, the heart of counselling is about being alongside: helping you to look at and explore yourself, to help you connect with yourself, life and others at a deeper level.
Counselling can help with:
Relationship issues & family issues, anxiety and generalised anxiety disorder, depression or feeling sad, panic attacks, separation & divorce, postnatal issues including depression, abuse, redundancy, loss & bereavement, illness and coming to terms with a medical diagnosis and any issue which has left you feeling confused, overwhelmed or out of touch with yourself.
Initially, I suggest meeting for an hour, to explore what is prompting you to seek counselling, to understand what you are looking for and to see if we think we can work well together. If we decide to go ahead, I usually recommend 6-8 weekly sessions of 50 minutes, with the possibility of working longer term if that seems appropriate.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an MSc degree (with Distinction) in Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Greenwich. I have also received training in guiding individuals and groups in meditation and mindfulness. I am a registered and accredited member of the BACP (MBACP).
As well as private practice, I work in the NHS as a counsellor in a GP practice, working with individuals experiencing anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, relationship issues and bereavement/loss. I am also part of the assessment team at a charitable service, working with potential clients to establish how best to meet their therapeutic needs.
I have experience of working both short term & long term, helping individuals find insight and develop new strategies and life skills.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £50 for regular, weekly 50 minute sessions.
Initial meetings to explore working together are charged at £50 for 50 minutes.